Poltavchenko asked not to stop the navigation on the Neva from football

Georgy Poltavchenko

Photo: Alexander Demyanchuk / TASS

Head of St. Petersburg asked the Ministry of transport to adjust the draft order on the suspension of navigation on the waterways of the city during football tournaments. The closure of the waters will result in image losses to St. Petersburg, he said

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko addressed to the Ministry of transport of Russia with a request to adjust the draft order on the suspension of navigation on the Neva during the FIFA confederations Cup 2017 and world Cup 2018. This was reported on the website of the St. Petersburg administration.

Poltavchenko requested to reduce the validity of the order and determine a specific date and time restrictions. In addition, the Governor believes that it is necessary to determine the specific forbidden for swimming areas and are not attributed to him all the waters Great and the sea Passenger port of St. Petersburg and the areas of inland waterways within the city limits. Since 70% of objects of basing and service of small boats located in these areas, Poltavchenko asked the transport Ministry to consider the possibility to restrict the movement of vessels, but not to ban them Parking.

“Tour routes of water transport are an integral element of the tourist product of St. Petersburg. Given the short navigation period in the summer months, this kind of transport is popular with guests and residents of the city,” the letter said Poltavchenko.

In his opinion, long-term and large-scale ban on the use of the waters of St. Petersburg will result in image losses for the city and significant deterioration of the shipping and tourism companies. The Governor also noted that on June 23, 2017 scheduled holiday of graduates “Scarlet sails”, and the execution of the order of the Ministry of transport puts into question the holding water part of the celebration.

On 18 April it became known that the Ministry of transport has drafted a decree on the suspension of navigation on the rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and other cities from 1 June to 4 July 2017. In the document prepared by the Ministry, stated that such measures are necessary to ensure the safety of the matches of the confederations Cup.

The transport Ministry has proposed to prohibit the Parking and movement of small craft, pleasure and sport sailing ships in the waters of the Big and the sea Passenger port of St. Petersburg port in Sochi, as well as on areas of inland waterways within the boundaries of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan. In the document it was explained that these water lines will be able to use only water vehicles that will attract for participation in soccer events or security, as well as harbour and rescue ships.

The Committee for tourism development of St. Petersburg declared that the trip through the canals is “an integral part” of the city and the execution of the order of the Ministry of transport will have a negative impact on tourist flows. In an interview with RBC Chairman of the Committee Andrey Pushkarev said that June and July are the most profitable months, and the city will incur costs because of reduced tax collection.